"Job you qualified for why?"
April 24, 2012 12:07 AM Subscribe
I got a summer job interview over Skype! Tell me what to expect. The twist: it's in American Sign Language.
posted by Conspire to work & money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So earlier this year when I was looking for summer jobs, I applied for a job working as a camp counselor for Deaf children. And just today, I was informed that I managed to score myself an interview! Very exciting stuff.
I'm super confident in my credentials: I've had a ton of work dealing with both children and with disability, and I have a stellar track record for both as well. Looking over the sheet of responsibilities and qualifications, I pass every single one of them - except possibly one, which is fluency in Sign Language. I am fluent enough to understand what an interpreter is saying in an academic environment, but I'm concerned that since I haven't had any real conversations in ASL for the past two years, I might be out of practice. I'm not a native ASL speaker; while I'm able to express myself in ASL with enough fluency to carry on conversations, I find my vocabulary to be limited at times.
Furthermore, a job interview is a completely different environment and I have no idea what to expect in terms of language and vocabulary! I emailed them with this concern prior to applying for the job, and they seemed okay with it (and still seem concerned with it considering they're asking me out to an interview), but I'm still a bit concerned.
That's the background. My questions are a little bit more all over the place:
- I tend to use a form of Signed English over strict ASL grammar and structure. Considering that this job is inside the Deaf community, how much of an issue will they think this is? Will they understand my Signed English? (Possibly relevant: the job is located in Vancouver)
- What vocabulary can I expect in a job interview that wouldn't normally pop up in every day conversation? How bad would it look if I was asking my interviewers to fingerspell words that I may not be familiar with? Similarly, how bad would it look if I was fingerspelling some words which I might not know the translation for?
- What are the rules of etiquette when signing with someone over webcam? I've only had real life face-to-face interactions in terms of ASL, and never used a webcam to sign.
- Is there any way you can recommend that I prepare for this interview, considering that there are no users of ASL other than myself at my University?
- What should I do in the worst case scenario that I absolutely don't understand what they are saying?
Thanks in advance! Take these questions as a guideline rather than specific focused questions that I need answered; any general advice and tips would be greatly, greatly appreciated too.